We Support The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust believes in a world where every individual from all backgrounds are included in society and have the chance to make the most of their lives and make a better future for themselves.

The Trussell Trust aims to develop, maintain and enable communities in the UK to reproduce sustainable schemes that prevent poverty and exclusion and share their experience to raise awareness of the problems and barriers that people are facing today.

Why do 13 million people in the UK desperately need our help?

It’s a hard fact that 13 million people in the UK live below the poverty line and everyday people go hungry. There are a number of reasons why many people in the UK struggle to feed themselves. Circumstances can be anything from redundancy to illness, to domestic violence, to family breakdown, to changes in benefits or delay, to the personal department or unexpected bills on a low income. Trussell Trust Foodbanks offer a live line, a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people all around the UK, experiencing a financial crisis. Our Foodbanks fed 913,138 people in the UK in 2013-2014. The number of people being referred to food banks is increasing due to the rising cost of food, high fuel prices, incomes not rising with inflation, lack of work, and benefit support changes. We currently have over 420 foodbanks but our aim is for every town in the UK to have a foodbank support scheme.

We also aim to support individuals to eat well for less. Our Eat well, Spend Less courses will teach people how to cook well balanced, healthy meals on a low budget. The course includes basic cookery lessons and provides advice on budgeting for food, hygiene and good nutrition. This will enable individuals to make the most of our food banks and support scheme and manage for themselves moving forward. Trussell Trust is in need of funding to roll this project out and FoodieFriends are very happy to support this.

How do Foodbanks Work?

Food is donated to the FoodBank by schools, churches, local businesses and individuals. The food that is donated is non-perishable, in-date food and large collections regularly take place as part of the Harvest Food Festival. Food is also collected at supermarket collections, events held in-store by local volunteers. Shoppers are given a foodbank shopping list and asked to buy an extra item or two for local people in financial crisis.

Food is then sorted by volunteers and checked to make sure every item is unperishable and in-date, and then packed into boxes ready to be given to people in need.

Frontline care professionals then identify people in need and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbanks work with a wide range of care professional’s best placed to assess individual needs and make sure that need is genuine. These professionals include doctors, health care visitors, social workers, CAB and the police.

Clients bring their voucher to a local Foodbank Centre where it can be exchanged for three days worth of emergency food. Volunteers meet clients at the Foodbank café where they are given a hot meal or a cup of tea and have the right knowledge and resources to signpost individuals to agencies best places to solve the longer-term issues. Some schemes also run a rural delivery service, which supplies emergency food boxes to clients in rural areas that are either unable or cannot afford to get to a foodbank.

Client Stories of Desperate Times

Ann, Salisbury said ‘We had to borrow a tin of soup from our next door neighbour to stop our 18-month-old daughter from going to bed hungry’ ‘If there was no foodbank I’d have to steal something to feed my family’.

Jamie, Andover said ‘Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference. All food in donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and signpost clients to other helpful services’.

FoodieFriends Supports The Trussell Trust

Foodie Friends are passionate about supporting The Trussell Trust Foodbanks nationwide and eat well for less courses. The money you pay for your Foodie Friends subscription contributes to this support so the more people that join us, the more we can donate to this extremely worthy UK cause. Every Foodie Friends member makes a real difference to the 13 million people the UK, who are in need of our help today. To visit a foodbank near you contact the Trussell Trust by email at foodbanknetwork@trusselltrust.org or call 01722 580171.